Root Canal Procedure
Many patients with severely damaged teeth assume that their only option is extraction followed by dentures or partials. Today’s endodontic treatments, such as root canals, make it possible to restore and preserve the natural tooth, which is better for maintaining overall oral health as well as jaw and facial structure. If you are suffering from oral pain or have severely diseased or damaged teeth, call us to find out if a root canal may be right for you.
What Should You Know About the Root Canal Procedure?
It is natural to be a little nervous when faced with major dental work; however, a root canal is not something to fear. The common perception that root canals are incredibly painful and require extensive recovery time is not true. Our dentists are experts in using root canals and other endodontic treatments to eliminate pain and create a beautiful, healthy smile.
Underneath the visible portion of the tooth is soft tissue known as pulp. The nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue of the pulp support and nourish the tooth during root development. Once the tooth is fully developed, the surrounding tissue supports the tooth, so the pulp is not essential for the tooth to survive.
Faulty crowns, severe decay, or structural damage to the tooth can cause the pulp to become infected or inflamed. This usually causes severe pain, and the infection can spread to other parts of the face and neck if not treated.
A root canal involves removing the diseased tissue and cleaning out any residual infection from inside the tooth. The dentist then uses gutta percha, which is a rubber-like material, to fill the inside of the tooth. A crown is then placed on top of the tooth to reinforce it. The crown looks and functions like a natural tooth and can stand up to years of normal use. Most patients are worried that the procedure will be painful. However, the dentist will use an anesthetic to help you remain as comfortable as possible.
Do I Have to See an Endodontist for a Root Canal?
General dentists often perform simple root canals. Molars and other teeth with complex root systems may require treatment from an endodontic specialist. During your consultation, the dentist will determine if the treatment that you need can be performed in our office. If so, we will help you create a customized treatment plan and an outline of the cost of your treatment. Of course, our staff is always happy to answer any questions that you may have about your root canal treatment before your procedure. Call today to schedule an appointment with one of our Baytown dentists.
How Much Do Root Canals Cost in Baytown?
Budget constraints prevent many people from receiving proper dental care. Our dentists and staff are committed to making quality dental care as affordable as possible for our patients. The exact cost of your procedure is based on the complexity of the issue as well as the location of the tooth, but they are often more affordable than people realize. In general, you will be charged for the cost of the actual root canal as well as for the crown.
If you have dental insurance, all or part of your cost may be covered since most plans consider root canals a medical necessity. We work with a number of dental insurance plans and will help you find the treatment options that make the most of your coverage. It is a good idea to contact your insurance provider beforehand to make sure that you understand your plan’s benefits and limitations. If you don’t have insurance, we may be able to offer you a payment plan that will allow you to spread the cost of your treatment over several installments. Call today to find out more about our insurance and payment options.
Delaying a root canal is never a good idea. The pain will only worsen, and the infection can lead to tooth loss and other complications. By treating the issue today, you can avoid a more complex and expensive treatment down the road. Set up a consultation with one of our root canal specialists to take the first step toward better oral health.